Water Utilities

December 11, 2013--Government study: Unregulated chemicals seeping into water supply (Water Online)

A new government study says that chemicals are slipping into tap water through water treatment plants across the country. According to the Vancouver Free Press, "Traces of unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S.

December 10, 2013--Cyber attacks up by 60 percent at water utilities (Water Online)

Water and wastewater utilities are experiencing a growing number of cyber attacks. That's according to data collected by the Repository for Industrial Security Incidents (RISI), an industry-wide organization devoted to tracking cyber crime. They published the data in the 2013 Report On Control System Cyber Security Incidents.

November 25, 2013--Study helps water utilities prepare for, respond to wildfires (Water Research Foundation)

Water Research Foundation (WRF) completed a new study, “Effects of Wildfire on Drinking Water Utilities and Best Practices for Wildfire Risk Reduction and Mitigation” (project #4482).

October 18, 2013--Water utilities drowning in debt (Fierce Energy)

From 2000-2010, on average, utility debt increased by 33 percent while water rates increased by 23 percent.  Notably, debt and rates have increased by more than 100 percent at approximately one third of the nation's utilities surveyed by the American Water Works Association

April 4, 2011--Water utilities failed to alert public to presence of likely carcinogen, group says (New York Times)

U.S. water utilities have known about the prevalence of a likely carcinogen in water sources for seven years and have failed to share that information with the public, according to an advocacy group, which released today a 2004 industry study of hexavalent chromium.

May 26, 2010--How clean is your water? (Summit Voice)

While most people assume that well water is clean and safe, a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey shows that one out of every five wells providing public drinking water contains at least one contaminant at levels of potential health concern. The USGS sampled 932 public wells across the country for the study.

May 5, 2010--Feds asking ski areas, water utilities for help with beetle-ravaged forests (Denver Post)

The threat to watersheds from fire-prone dying forests is growing so severe that federal forest managers are seeking help from water utilities, ski resorts and others in ravaged Western states. "The federal government doesn't have enough resources to deal with this," said Harris Sherman, the U.S.

April 5, 2010--Water bills go up in down economy as usage drops (Denver Post)

The grim economy is hitting some consumers in the wallet in yet another way: their water bills. Many water utilities are raising rates because water use is down, in part because manufacturers have closed or are cutting back, tourism has fallen and the real estate market is in the doldrums. This is happening most everywhere.

December 8, 2009--EPA unveils new policies on water at schools (New York Times)

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a new national strategy to enforce safe drinking water laws in small, rural communities on Tuesday and pledged to redouble efforts to protect children from toxic water in schools.

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